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Research Seminar: Positive Psychology in the Educational context: A focus on emotions

25th October 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, ED 134, Dr Stephanie Lichtenfeld

Current discussions show that both students and parents feel increasingly pressured by the school system and students have been found to have more and more emotional problems nowadays. In particular, the increasing pressure to achieve well is detrimental for their emotional wellbeing. Specifically, anxiety and depression are core emotional problems that adolescents are facing in today’s time (e.g., BELLAplus Study, 2014).

As a counterpart to this trend the positive psychology movement founded by Martin Seligman (1998) receives increasing attention in current educational research. There are three main research areas in positive psychology: Research on positive emotions, on human strength and virtues, which foster the experience of positive emotions, and research on positive institutions (Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005). In the current talk I will thus focus on students’ emotions in achievement settings, will highlight the significance of emotions for students as well as their interplay with academic achievement. In the course of the presentation a measure to assess students’ emotions in primary school will be presented along with findings on students’ trajectories of achievement emotions over several years of schooling.

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